Thursday Theology: “Why?”

Co-Missioners, In the wake of Hurricane Dorian—how terrible that was, and how quickly it recedes from the world’s attention and our own as well—we send along a year-old sermon by Steve Albertin. He preached it on June 24, 2018, when news feeds were stuffed with reports and discussion of events at America’s border with Mexico. The day’s texts …

Thursday Theology: “What Else Shall We Preach?” A Homily

Co-Missioners, Today we pass along a homily—a brief, condensed sermon—that was delivered this very morning at a meeting of ELCA pastors and other rostered leaders in a corner of northeastern Ohio. Peace and Joy, The Crossing Community “What Else Shall We Preach?” The Homily at an Anticipatory Observance of Holy Cross Day by Jerome Burce In the name …

Crossings Film Series: Nathan Schroeder

  Nathan Schroeder shares how he uses Crossings every day. He also describes the concept of God’s Law: How it helps keep civilization in place, but it’s impossible for people to do right all the time. He also describes God’s Promise: It doesn’t replace the law, but God steps into the world to meet us where we …

Thursday Theology: A Labor Day Challenge

Co-Missioners, For many of us, this past Sunday brought the interesting coincidence of America’s Labor Day weekend with a hearing of Luke 14:7-14, as appointed in the Revised Common Lectionary. The text presents a saying of Jesus in two parts. The first, cast as a parable, addresses how to behave as a guest at someone else’s banquet. The …

Thursday Theology: Two Wings of Effective Mission

Co-Missioners, This week our mission correspondent, Richard Gahl, reflects on some examples of effective mission that honors Christ and shares his promise. Peace and Joy, The Crossing Community Two Wings of Effective Mission in Columbus, Ethiopia, and Cleveland by Richard Gahl Some fifteen years ago I had the privilege of working with Berhanu Ofgaa, a Lutheran from Ethiopia, …

Thursday Theology: What Is God Doing?

Co-Missioners, We pass along some thoughts from our editor about a topic that gets a lot of discussion in Christian circles these days. Peace and Joy, The Crossing Community What Is God Doing? (No Guessing, Please) by Jerome Burce I was still a teenager when I stocked my wannabe theologian’s vocabulary with its first pejorative, Schwärmerei. Luther used the …

Thursday Theology: The “Freedom” Struggle: Another Tussle with St. Paul

Co-Missioners, According to Lutheran church calendars, today is the Festival of Mary, Mother of our Lord. Are any Lutheran congregations disturbing their usual Thursday habits with a high liturgy in the Virgin’s honor? If so, the few who gather will hear a familiar passage from Galatians 4, appointed as the second reading for the day. It bears browsing …